If you're not of legal age to drink alcohol or enter certain establishments, you might try to gain access with the help of a fake ID. Whether you find an unscrupulous service and get a fake ID made or you get access to a card from someone who resembles you, you may be able to indeed use it successfully. However, there's also a chance that you'll get caught, and the penalties could range from something as minor as being escorted off the premises to actually having the police called.
I'll be up front: I have a criminal record. As someone who's spent lots--and lots--of time looking for a job in my life, I've gotten used to being up front with this fact. It's difficult to get hired with this on my record, and frankly, it never gets less scary to have to tell an interviewer about it. But that doesn't mean I'm unemployable. I'm a hard worker who can bring a lot to any company. And I also know what an employer needs to do for me. I know my rights. There's no federal law protecting me from discrimination due to my record, but there are plenty of state laws that make it a little easier for me. If you're looking for a job and you have a criminal record, read through this information. Protect yourself during a job search. Know your rights.